Consider this as your ultimate survival guide for Black Friday shopping this year!
1. Make a list and keep a budget in mind
List down your Holiday gifts so you buy exactly what you want and nothing else. Also know your budget to prevent overspending.
2. Know your store’s plans and hours
Black Friday shoppers are known to go to great extents- some even standing in line as early as 3 am. Make sure you know what time your stores open as many actually start their deals a day before, i.e. on Thanksgiving Day itself. Many retailers also guarantee select items for specific period of times. Download and print your store’s map so you know where the hottest items are placed. Also subscribe to your store’s newsletter emails to get important tips.
3. Pack a snack and stay hydrated
It is the Holidays and the last thing you want is to get cranky, hungry and dehydrated. So carry some nuts, trail mixes etc as well as of water or juice. This will help you beat long lines at food courts.
4. Create a plan and enlist help of family/friends
Do not shop alone. Enlist help of a shopping buddy to finish shopping faster and avoid disappointments. Establish a meeting place once you are done. When you park your car upon arrival, do note down the parking aisle number. Stay connected by charging your phones completely before leaving your home.
5. Dress comfortably and wear good shoes
You will be walking a lot, so dress in layers. This way, you can remove a couple of layers should you get sweaty. Also wear good shoes so you do not end up with blisters.
6. Keep a paper trail
Track your purchases and make sure you keep all receipts safely. This will help you return items you aren’t happy with later. Do not forget to ask for gift receipts where applicable.
7. Compare prices
While Black Friday deals are usually the best, it is sensible to compare prices online which are often better.
8. Wait for Cyber Monday
Hate the crowds? You can always online, in the comfort of your home on Cyber Monday.Here are some handy Cyber Monday tips for you:
- Use your phone wisely. Log off immediately so your information is not available to scammers.
- Shop on safe sites having “https” before the URL. If buying from an unknown site, research the seller first.
- Avoid making cash payments. Always pay with credit card to keep your money safe.
- Compare prices across different retailers.
- Make sure your phone is up-to-date with updates and that you install antivirus software on your computer before shopping.
- Print the receipts of all your transactions. Maintain a file with these records. Also keep all emails where applicable. This will help you should things come to returns or seeking refunds.
- Consider coupons for additional discounts.
- Read reviews about the products before you shop.
Finally, whether you are shopping online or in stores, be patient and have fun. After all, it is the Holidays! Happy Thanksgiving!